Category Archives: Strategy vs. Tactics

Medical Device Startups Master Juggling and Balancing with Focus

Medical device startups are faced with numerous challenges and obstacles to get their products to market. Yes, I could discuss the main obstacle for a medical device startup: MONEY. But I'm not going to in this post. Instead, I'd like to share a few thoughts on balancing and juggling and how these apply to medical device startups.

Medical Device Startups Struggle with Balance

Yes, you likely understand the concept of balancing. At least how it applies to walking down the street. I do too, yet admit that achieving and maintaining balance during projects can be a significant challenge. Imagine for a moment you are managing a medical device product development project. It's early in the game still. However, you have to consider all sorts of factors and influence. You're main objective is to get from point A to point B...

Hang In There – Project Management Lessons from the Trenches

I saw red the other day during a disagreement with a supplier we are working with on a product development project. It happened during a discussion about a design issue for a medical device product. Without going into too much depth, the supplier has been tasked with fixing a design flaw in the device. A couple months ago, the supplier had quite a few more tasks assigned to them as well. But as the project manager, I observed the supplier not being able to manage the volume of tasks. I decided to take most of the tasks away from the supplier and added them to our plate instead. Not a big deal. In fact in probably made the most sense for the client any way. Doing so allowed the supplier to have...

You Should Have a Back Up Plan for the Back Up Plan

A few days ago, I powered on my laptop to start the day. I stepped away to grab some coffee while the computer went through its startup sequence. When I returned to my desk, I noticed the lights were on but the screen was dark. I did some trouble shooting, including connecting the laptop to an external monitor. The computer seemed to be okay. The screen not so much. I did an internet search on a second computer and found out that I probably had a dead screen. I called the technical support for my computer manufacturer. They said I would need to send it in and it might take up to 10 days. Ugh. I decided to check out the big name computer repair resource. Same story. But I needed my laptop....

Staying Connected and Finding Resources Is Perpetual

Creo Quality has been in existence now for over seven years. Prior to starting this venture and for a couple years after, I spent a great deal of time networking and meeting people and companies whom I could assist and might assist CQ clients. I attended quite a few medical device and life science events in and around the region. I had quite a few phone conversations, coffee discussions, and lunch meetings during those years. My objective was to establish the most comprehensive network of medical device service providers in the Midwest. Some of the outcomes of these networking efforts include the establishment of ASQ Biomedical Midwest Discussion Group and the creation of the network organization INpact--of which I've had the honor to lead both of these organizations....